25 governors take oath of office, Egyptians outraged

Some of the would-be governors mentioned by local media are said to be former members of ousted president Hosni Mubarak's now-defunct National Democratic Party (NDP), commonly described as 'Feloul' – meaning "remnants" of the Mubarak regime

25 governors take oath of office, Egyptians outraged

World Bulletin/News Desk

Twenty-five governors took the oath of office on Monday before Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour.

Two governors are yet to be named for the governorates of Red Sea and Menoufiya.

Not a single member of the Muslim Brotherhood was included in the gubernatorial shakeup, the first since the army's July 3 ouster of elected President Mohamed Morsi.

The names of figures tipped for inclusion in an imminent gubernatorial reshuffle – expected to be unveiled on Tuesday – have sparked anger among both supporters and opponents of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

Some of the would-be governors mentioned by local media are said to be former members of ousted president Hosni Mubarak's now-defunct National Democratic Party (NDP), commonly described as 'Feloul' – meaning "remnants" of the Mubarak regime, which was toppled by Egypt's 2011 revolution.

In the Menoufiya governorate, the nomination of Yasser al-Hodeibi – who was an NDP candidate in 2010 parliamentary polls – drew criticism from the same forces that led the June 30 protests that culminated in Morsi's ouster by the military.

"The nomination of a Feloul figure like al-Hodeibi is a clear provocation to revolutionaries and governorate residents," Abdullah al-Sayad, member of the 6 April protest movement in Menoufiya, told Anadolu Agency.

"Most political and revolutionary movements in the governorate will not accept it; it will not pass without trouble," he said of the move.

The Tamarod movement, the driving force behind the anti-Morsi June 30 protests, also denounced the names tipped for the governorships, describing them as "disappointing because they feature several former regime figures."

The group added that Mahmoud Nadheem, expected to become governor of Alexandria, is "an NDP figure whose return is unacceptable."

Meanwhile, pro-Morsi protesters staged a march from Rabaa al-Adawiya Square, where they have been camped out for more than six weeks, to the Ittihadiya presidential palace to voice their rejection of the looming governors' reshuffle.

On Monday, presidential spokesman Ahmed Meslimani said that interim president Adly Mansour would announce the names of 20 new governors on Tuesday.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Ağustos 2013, 17:43
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